Stroke of genius as painter wins Texaco art prize twice

ONE of Ireland’s most talented young artists has beaten thousands of hopefuls to scoop a top award.

Clare student, 17-year-old Cillian Boyd, has won the €2,000 top prize in this year’s Texaco Children’s Art Competition with his painting entitled Rising Trout.

A pupil at Gaelcholáiste An Chláir, Ennis, the teenager has been a frequent winner in the competition over the last seven years, this time taking first prize for 16-18 year olds.

Cillian first entered the event in 2000, when he won the under-12 category.

In each year since, he has been among the top prize winners with a record of achievement that includes two firsts, two thirds and four special merit awards.

“Cillian’s winning entry is a work of exceptional maturity, which captures the beauty and tranquillity which anglers can experience in their pursuit of one of Ireland’s most cherished marine species,” said Declan McAndrew, Country Chairman of Chevron (Ireland) Limited, announcing the winner in Dublin City Gallery, The Hugh Lane, at Parnell Square.

Almost 33,000 youngsters entered the competition, which is now in its 54th year.

This year’s 21 top prize-winning paintings will be on show at the gallery until Sunday, April 29.

Other winners include John Macken, 15, St Mary’s CBS, Enniscorthy; Kelli-Ann Masterson, 13, Gorey Community School; Hannah Maharry, 10, St Patrick’s National School, Dalkey; Wexford student Emma Morris, seven, Our Lady of Fatima National School, Barntown and four-year-old Julia McDonagh, from St Joseph’s National School, Ballymun.

Winner among entries from children with special needs was 15-year old Aisling Reynolds, of St Clare’s Comprehensive, Manorhamilton, for herentry entitled Flowers.

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